Creative Block? HOW TO STAY INSPIRED IN 6 EASY STEPS!
If you're anything like me, you probably have those moments when you fall into a creative rut. Unfortunately for me, when I fall into one of these ruts it can last for months! It's typically triggered by stress and directly affects my productivity. This blog is my baby but I've taken definitely taken long hiatuses when I've had a bit too much going. I've only just recently got back into the swing of things if we're being honest. Right before my hiatus, I was still settling into my apartment, adjusting to a new job and making a business plan on the side. My priorities were elsewhere (which is okay!) but I struggled to produce any sort of content. Through this rough patch I learned a lot about myself while also learning some AMAZING tips to help me get inspired and back on my feet. If you're ready to pick up productivity or simply find more ideas for your blog or business, keep reading!
1. GET OUT THERE
We've all had those days where we literally just want curl up in bed and do absolutely nothing but beware that it can easily turn into a bad habit. One of the key ways of keeping your head in the game is by being active. Go to events that cater to your niche or a meeting with a blogger buddy for coffee (or glass of wine!). Just putting yourself in the right environment can easily influence you to do better and it'll give you more ideas. I tend to check Eventbrite daily for events happening in my area but there are also brands like BrightestYoungThings that'll get you hip to all the cool events in your area. Get out there and meet like-minded individuals. You want to stay booked and busy so keep your calendar marked!
2. FOLLOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE!
Instagram has been a pretty great source of inspiration for me. I follow friends and fellow bloggers of course. But, I also follow artists, activists, content creators, entrepreneurs and brands that I love. If there's someone on Insta whose life you want, FOLLOW THEM. I guarantee it'll make you want to get your shit together. For example, I love Claire from Fashion Bomb Daily. I've watched her build her brand from the ground up and feel I can relate so much to her story. Just seeing projects other people are working on makes me want to jumpstart my own. The only potential downside to this is it can sometimes make you feel behind. Just remember that people only post what they want you to see. There's always a lot of grit behind-the-scenes and as long as you remember that you'll be fine. They were all in your place at one point. I've added a few of my favorite pages below!
@bossbabes.inc - They post inspirational posts throughout the day that'll give you the push you need. They also have an amazing blog with amazing tips especially for content creators and budding entrepreneurs.
@thechampagnediet - This page is run by a fabulous author and glam life coach named Cara. She's gets right down to the nitty gritty while also inspiring you to live a little (well, a lot!).
@xonecole - This is a great page for everything from health and beauty to business advice. I really enjoy their profiles on fearless women that are killing it in theirs careers.
@girlboss - You'll basically learn to get ahead by growing some balls!
@advancedstyle - The stylish older women on this page will make you want to live as boldly as they do!
Facebook has also become a great resource for me because there are sooo many groups dedicated to bloggers helping eachother out. These groups are huge information hubs so whenever you run into problems ask away! You can learn anything from how to make a media kit to how to edit your photos for social media. My two favorite groups are Boss Girl Bloggers and Black Girls Who Blog + Youtube. Both groups are super interactive and supportive. These groups are also great places to network, exchange ideas and receive constructive criticism. So, if you have Facebook definitely search for groups in your niche and find ones that can help you! Another great place on Facebook I find myself reading often is the Humans of New York page. HONY also now has a video series on Facebook documenting the raw but enchanting stories of strangers in New York and around the world! The amount of self-awareness it takes to tell their stories of hardships or happiness is humbling. It's such an inspirational project that I encourage you all to check out. It will change your perspective!
YouTube is also an easy place to explore if you want to stay ahead. You can literally find help and ideas on nearly anything! Take advantage of all of the step-by-step tutorials of how to make your content better. Here are some of my go-to channels when I'm in a funk.
Shameless Maya - Her channel is a one stop shop for everything. She's like a life coach, tech genius and superwoman all in one!
Andrea Lewis - I love watching her videos because they remind me of the importance of self-care and trusting your destiny. My favorite videos on her channel are Self Love Saturdays. Andrea has such a glow and it'll definitely rub off on you too!
Behind The Hustle - While this page hasn't uploaded in a while I love going back to watch the interviews they've done for their segment Cool People With Cool Jobs. It's great to see how these people got their start and how they broke into their industries. They've interviewed street wear designers, magazine editors, you name it!
3. THE MASTER BOOK LIST
Self help books inspire me a lot and I'm NOT talking about any ol' boring reads. These books are sassy, savvy and super relatable. Many of these books I go back and reference when I feel I need an extra kick since I've highlighted great points in each of them. Below is my GET-SHIT-DONE MASTER BOOK LIST.
1. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
2. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
3. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
4. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba (read my book review here)
5. Fearless & Fabulous by Cara Alwill Leyba
6. A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
4. TREAT YOURSELF!
Everyone needs to indulge every once in a while so don't hesitate to do something nice for yourself from time to time. I think so many of us get into routines that we don't take our own happiness and well-being into account. Book that weekend getaway you've been eyeing on Living Social or buy yourself a new dress for your next event. Treat yourself to whatever makes you feel good as long as you don't go overboard.
5. STAY HEALTHY
It's so important to take care of your health. You can start by getting more sleep. I used to think I could get away with sleeping only 5-6 hours each night but...nah. I'd be so exhausted by the time I came home from work that even thinking about getting anything done was a joke! So, it definitely pays to make sleep a priority because you'll have the energy to get more done each day. Another important factor is your diet! If you're a stress eater like me, your diet becomes complete trash when you're under a lot of pressure. Recently I've been practicing portion control which has worked out pretty well for me so far. Just try to make atleast one out of your three meals a day healthy. You need as much clean fuel as possible to run off of.
6. KEEP YOUR SPACE CLEAN
I notice the more clutter I have in my apartment, the more clouded my brain is. Cleaning up your workspace de-clutters your mind. Also take the time to make your workspace as beautiful as you possibly can. Decorate it with as many sparkly and shiny things as you need in order to make it reflect YOU. Even if it's just a small corner in your room, I promise it'll make you want to spend more time there!
Follow these tips daily and watch your attitude improve! We all have rough days but never allow yourself to get you stuck. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. What are your small goals this week? What inspired you today? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. xo